Lt. Jason Richardson of the Carbon Hill Police Department said while he and Officer Jordan Roberts were on patrol around 5:50 p.m. Thursday, they noticed a vehicle pulling onto Nauvoo Road which matched the description of a vehicle stolen in another county. When they turned around to get a better view of the vehicle, the suspects took off and led officers on a chase.
“They cut down the alley behind the tobacco store and was going approximately 40 to 50 mph. Then, they turned and went up 2nd St. NW and that’s when we got behind them and blue-lighted them,” Richardson said. “They were running every stop sign and probably doing 100 mph going up 2nd St. NW. ... We weren’t going to pursue the chase once they started, but they were running no matter what. They were running before we ever blue-lighted them.”
Richardson continued to say that “the only reason we went ahead with the chase is to where at least the sirens would be going, and people could hear us coming because they weren’t going to stop no matter what.”
Residents told Richardson had it not been for the officers blaring the sirens, they would not have known abouth the chase and could have possibly been in danger.
The chase continued up 2nd Street for approximately five minutes until the silver, 2004 Ford Taurus crashed into a ditch after bypassing the dead end of 2nd Street NW where it intersects with 12th Ave. NW. From there, the men bailed from the four-door vehicle which led police to pursue them on foot into the woods. Unfortunately, the men escaped but left the vehicle and a license behind.
The ID card belongs to a 22-year-old man from Marion County. Police found drugs and used needles in the vehicle, but Richardson did not specify what types of drugs were found.
Police are asking for help from the community if anyone has seen, heard or knows anything about the two men to please contact the Carbon Hill Police Deparment at 205-924-4411 or 205-924-4412.